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# Edexcel S3 - Wednesday 25th May AM 2016 watch

1. (Original post by Messier31)
Are you sure you can't throw it in regular maths or something? I can get 0 and it'll make no difference to anything

Only reason for us to revise it is pride
I haven't sat enough modules yet to ensure A*A*. I need 82 in C4 and then 15 in some other A2 unit so I guess S3 could go down the pan

I guess it makes my life easier with trying for the third A*
2. (Original post by Euclidean)
I haven't sat enough modules yet to ensure A*A*. I need 82 in C4 and then 15 in some other A2 unit so I guess S3 could go down the pan

I guess it makes my life easier with trying for the third A*
Oh fair enough

What do you need for your firm?
3. (Original post by Messier31)
Not needing a good grade in it a doesn't help

Is it bad that I don't even know the chapters

Tempted to flunk it and start revising for FP2 but I'll probably do the questions by topic at least
I need around a B so hopefully i can get that.

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4. (Original post by physicsmaths)
I need around a B so hopefully i can get that.

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You should get that easily if you fight through the boredom
5. (Original post by Messier31)
You should get that easily if you fight through the boredom
Lol i banking on near 100s in M3-5.
For the A* in AFM i need 350/400 in M3-5 S3.

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6. (Original post by Messier31)
Oh fair enough

What do you need for your firm?
A*A* (Maths, Further Maths) A (Physics or AFM)
7. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Lol i banking on near 100s in M3-5.
For the A* in AFM i need 350/400 in M3-5 S3.

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I think you'll find uni maths a breeze at that rate.
8. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Lol i banking on near 100s in M3-5.
For the A* in AFM i need 350/400 in M3-5 S3.

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(Original post by Euclidean)
A*A* (Maths, Further Maths) A (Physics or AFM)
Oh so you don't even need a grade in AFM at all really
9. (Original post by SeanFM)

I think you'll find uni maths a breeze at that rate.
Na i doubt it, i spoke to someone who got the second highest score in Maths fm and afm and he said uni applied is crazy hard. I hope M4/5 helps tho. Dynamics and relativity is crazy hard apparently. Tensors n stuff, u know the drill .
10. (Original post by Messier31)
Oh so you don't even need a grade in AFM at all really
Not really in terms of my offer, I'd like a good grade though for CV
11. For Spearman's RCC, how are 'Tied Ranks' supposed to be dealt with?

Also, is it fine to write:

There is no correlation between X and Y

Rather than:

12. (Original post by Messier31)

Oh so you don't even need a grade in AFM at all really
Yeh probably, hope i dnt drop a stupid mark in M3 cause it will prob cost like 3ums.
M4 shud be fine, need to do some revision for M5 still.
13. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Na i doubt it, i spoke to someone who got the second highest score in Maths fm and afm and he said uni applied is crazy hard. I hope M4/5 helps tho. Dynamics and relativity is crazy hard apparently. Tensors n stuff, u know the drill .
It is hard but it just takes a lot more work than leaving things to the last minute and hoping for the best - rather, developing your understanding over time and being able to apply it to very unseen things
14. Just done June 15, UK, I don't understand what was hard about it?
15. (Original post by Zacken)
Just done June 15, UK, I don't understand what was hard about it?
Most found the variables algebra (think it was 5d, the 6 marker on probability involving U bar or something) bit hard and the last question a bit weird (personally I got all the supposedly "hard" bits and dropped a few UMS from stupid mistakes lol). Looking back on question 5 it seems almost trivial. In the exam it threw me a bit first time but I came back to it and it was sorta obvious.
Anyhow it obviously wasn't crazy hard given the boundaries, nothing like FP3 last year for instance
16. (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
Most found the variables algebra (think it was 5d, the 6 marker on probability involving U bar or something) bit hard and the last question a bit weird (personally I got all the supposedly "hard" bits and dropped a few UMS from stupid mistakes lol). Looking back on question 5 it seems almost trivial. In the exam it threw me a bit first time but I came back to it and it was sorta obvious.
Ah, yeah. I can see how Q5 might trip people up given how badly independence is taught at A-Level. The last questions is like one of the only recent papers which had a nice numbers for goodness of fit. It does seem like the sort of thing whose difficulty would be magnified under exam conditions.

Anyhow it obviously wasn't crazy hard given the boundaries, nothing like FP3 last year for instance
Ooh yeah, I need to have a look at that paper soon-ish. Thanks for reminding me! Looks like your year had quite the bumps.
17. (Original post by Zacken)
Ah, yeah. I can see how Q5 might trip people up given how badly independence is taught at A-Level. The last questions is like one of the only recent papers which had a nice numbers for goodness of fit. It does seem like the sort of thing whose difficulty would be magnified under exam conditions.

Ooh yeah, I need to have a look at that paper soon-ish. Thanks for reminding me! Looks like your year had quite the bumps.
What I don't get though is why people didn't just try to express U bar in terms of other variables. I mean that's what I did at first just to see if it'd make a difference before actually realising the idea behind the question. Yeah that's true and I recall actually quite enjoying the target stuff. It was as "fun" a stats paper as you can get...

It wasn't so bad...S2 and FP2 were for the most part a walk in the park, although the boundaries were correspondingly insane. I just recommend you don't do that FP3 after the easy S2 lol, that was a culture shock
18. (Original post by Zacken)
Ah, yeah. I can see how Q5 might trip people up given how badly independence is taught at A-Level. The last questions is like one of the only recent papers which had a nice numbers for goodness of fit. It does seem like the sort of thing whose difficulty would be magnified under exam conditions.

Ooh yeah, I need to have a look at that paper soon-ish. Thanks for reminding me! Looks like your year had quite the bumps.
Fp3 2015 was a beautiful paper, the hardest prt which was a 6 marker i didnt get time to do in the paper but when i did it afterwards it was beautiful, a proper maths question. Like proper. I have seen a step question/part exactly the same.
19. (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
What I don't get though is why people didn't just try to express U bar in terms of other variables. I mean that's what I did at first just to see if it'd make a difference before actually realising the idea behind the question. Yeah that's true and I recall actually quite enjoying the target stuff. It was as "fun" a stats paper as you can get...

It wasn't so bad...S2 and FP2 were for the most part a walk in the park, although the boundaries were correspondingly insane. I just recommend you don't do that FP3 after the easy S2 lol, that was a culture shock
Haha i did Fp3 first and it payed off. I somehow got the focii bit proving tbe distance completely wrong but i write out the same line in the last prt of the MS. It was 4 marks i only wrote one line which is prob why i got 1 mark/4 lol.
20. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Haha i did Fp3 first and it payed off. I somehow got the focii bit proving tbe distance completely wrong but i write out the same line in the last prt of the MS. It was 4 marks i only wrote one line which is prob why i got 1 mark/4 lol.
I lost it when the eigenvalues were really weird...couldn't believe I'd done it right and kept looking for a mistake then I just left or barely bothered with half the proofs properly lol. Dropped like a dozen marks

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